Dr. Vitali Klychko (Ukrainian: Вωталωй Володимирович Кличко; Vitalij Volodymyrovych Klychko) (Bjelovodsk (Kyrgyz SSR), July 19, 1971) is a Ukrainian boxer and politician. He has been the mayor of Kiev since 5 June 2014. During the protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014, he became the opposition leader. He has made several attempts to be elected to parliament since 2006.
After the 1996 Summer Olympics in which he was not allowed to participate due to doping use, he became a professional boxer together with his brother. He made his debut as a professional on 16 November 1996, knocking out Tony Bradham in the second round in Hamburg.
He won his first major title in 1998 by becoming European champion in the heavyweight category. After his series of 24 fights he won on knockout, he became WBO world champion on 26 May 1999. He defeated Herbie Hide in the second round with a knockout. He successfully defended this WBO belt in two fights.
On 1 April 2000, he unexpectedly lost his world title to American Chris Byrd. At the end of the ninth round, he gave up due to an injury to his shoulder. After a short break because of this injury, he made his comeback against Timo Hoffmann on 25 November 2000 in a battle for the European title. This was the first match in his professional career he won on points. He then won several fights against, among others, Orlin Norris, Ross Puritty, Vaughn Bean and Larry Donald, and challenging the world champion of the time, Lennox Lewis. He lost this fight at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with a technical knockout on 21 June 2003. The match was cancelled in the sixth round at the insistence of the doctor due to deep wounds below and above the left eye with a lot of blood loss caused by Lewis's blows. According to all the point setters, he had won four of the six rounds at the time.
Despite these unfortunate circumstances, he kept his high standing in the world rankings. On 24 April he won the vacant world title against Corrie Sanders by beating him in the eighth round with a technical knockout. He successfully defended the world title against Danny Williams on 11 December 2004.
He ended his boxing career on 9 November 2005. Due to a knee injury and a back injury, he was unable to defend his world title and threatened to lose it. He therefore decided to quit as champion when he was at his peak. He was due to enter the boxing ring again against Jameel McCline on 22 September 2007, after a fight with reigning WBC world champion Oleg Maskaev failed to materialize. Two weeks before the fight, however, he had to cancel because he was injured again, this time it was due to his back.
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